Stephenie Meyer’s first adult novel, The Host, has been optioned for the big screen, according to Variety. The book was snapped up by producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, who have dipped into their own pockets in order to acquire the rights to this novel.
This canny trio have spotted a cash cow in Meyer’s latest offering following the success of The Twilight Saga, and are looking to work their powers on a new potential franchise. Sci-fi wizard Andrew Niccol – Gattaca, The Truman Show – has been named as the man to adapt the script and direct this project, and by reading through The Host there is obvious potential here for a thrilling adventure on screens.
Speaking about working with author Meyer on this movie, Wechsler was upbeat: “We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions,” before finishing by saying, “Twilight has proven she knows more about what works than most.”
The Host is a love story set in a futuristic Earth, which has been taken over by a parasite species of alien named ‘Souls’. Soon enough a Soul becomes merged with a human being and embarks on a quest to find the planet’s last known human survivors.
At this time The Host is in its early stages and has no production date.